2019 EFCL License

20 MLS Youth Academy Coaches Kick Off Yearlong Educational Program in Partnership with French Football Federation

Elite Youth Coaches head to World Cup winning French home base
Clairefontaine for Master’s Degree in Coaching Education

NEW YORK, NY (September 10, 2019) – Major League Soccer today announced the fourth iteration of its groundbreaking partnership with the French Football Federation (FFF) that will provide 20 experienced MLS youth academy coaches with world-class training through a yearlong youth development course resulting in participants earning their Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).
The initiative places participants through the same course and training demands the FFF mandates of its domestic coaches but customized for North America’s needs, accelerating Major League Soccer’s collective expertise in player development. The program incorporates features unique to each MLS market allowing coaches to better serve their respective club with learnings from this continuing coaching education course. Created in 2013, the partnership has already seen more than 60 coaches graduate through the program to earn an EFCL license.

Officials from MLS gathered in Paris in June to meet with French Football Federation President Noël Le Graët to officially renew the partnership and extend the pledge to offer mutually beneficial resources. The partnership with the FFF promotes an exchange of best practices and experiences in youth development. Program methods include on-field training sessions, classroom instruction and development of strategic academy growth through seminars with academy directors and coaches from the various international clubs and federations participating.

“Major League Soccer is committed to becoming a leader in the area of player development, and the continued partnership with the French Football Federation provides an important learning opportunity and world class education for our elite academy coaches,” said MLS Vice President & Technical Director, Youth Development Fred Lipka. “Since announcing the partnership six years ago, we have already seen its tremendous impact on our player development system, laying a strong foundation of expertise throughout our academies. We are incredibly excited to continue this process as these coaches continue to raise the standard of academies throughout the league.”

The EFCL program consists of three parts:

  • FFF course with a week of intensive field and classroom instruction at the Clairefontaine national training facility in France and an additional four weeks of domestic training in the United States and Canada
  • European Club Observations – One week of immersion at an international youth academy at one of the following clubs: Inter Milan (Italy), Benfica (Portugal), Anderlecht (Belgium), Espanyol de Barcelona (Spain), Olympique Lyonnais (France), AS Saint Etienne (France), FC Metz (France), RC Strasbourg (France), FC Lorient (France)
  • Integration of the Program with MLS Academy – Creation and/or modification of the Club’s youth curriculum and evaluation system for the development of players

The EFCL program begins in Clairefontaine for a week of training followed by a week of European club immersion where coaches will receive rigorous hands on instruction from club management on training styles from top to bottom of the academy. Following several installments of coaching sessions in the United States and Canada during the following months, participants will return to Clairefontaine 12 months later for a final week of evaluation. In order to complete the EFCL program, each participating coach must secure a CSA or USSF A coaching license in advance of the final exam at the end of the 12-month period.  At the conclusion of the program, all passing participants will receive an Elite Formation Coaching License.

Previous participants of EFCL include FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney, Real Salt Lake interim head coach Freddy Juarez, and Seattle Sounders FC technical director Marc Nicholls, among dozens more.
 

EFCL MLS CLUB PARTICIPANTS

First Name
 

Last Name
 

Current Club
 

Current Coaching Position
 

Steven
 

Covino
 

Atlanta United
 

U14 Head Coach
 

Michael "Ross"
 

Brady
 

Chicago Fire
 

U13 Head Coach
 

Joshua
 

Neff
 

FC Cincinnati
 

U15 Head Coach & Performance Specialist
 

Erik
 

Bushey
 

Colorado Rapids
 

U17 Head Coach
 

Kelvin
 

Jones
 

Columbus Crew SC
 

U19 Head Coach
 

Matias 
 

Asorey
 

FC Dallas
 

U17 Head Coach
 

Gus
 

Teren
 

D.C. United
 

U14 Head Coach & Academy Technical Director
 

Javier
 

Cano Gallego
 

D.C. United
 

U19 Head Coach
 

Kenny
 

Bundy
 

Houston Dynamo
 

U19 Head Coach
 

Victor 
 

Pastora
 

Inter Miami CF
 

U15 Head Coach 
 

Nicolas
 

Gagnon
 

Montreal Impact
 

U15 Head Coach
 

Samuel
 

Castellanos
 

New York Red Bulls
 

U19 Head Coach
 

Rodrigo
 

Marion
 

New York City FC
 

U17 Head Coach
 

Javier
 

Carrillo
 

Orlando City SC
 

U17 Head Coach & Academy Director Assistant
 

Cody
 

Worden
 

Real Salt Lake
 

U17 Head Coach
 

Daniel
 

DeGeer
 

San Jose Earthquakes
 

U14 Head Coach & Director of Pre-Formation
 

Daniel
 

Lock
 

Seattle Sounders FC
 

U15 Head Coach
 

Christopher
 

O'Neal
 

Sporting Kansas City
 

U15 Head Coach
 

Gianni
 

Cimini
 

Toronto FC
 

U17 Head Coach 
 

Scott
 

Howey 
 

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
 

U15 Head Coach 
 

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